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*Winner of the Ashoka U Innovation Award*

Take a look at NexGen Leadership Program summer 2022!

the program

The NexGen Leadership Program is an award-winning 7 week intensive program offering an in-person, international social impact consulting experience and strengths-based leadership training for graduate students from top universities. It aims to develop the next generation of responsible and inclusive leaders by challenging students to complete a social impact consulting project with a nonprofit or social enterprise in Peru, South Africa, or Spain. 


​​The NexGen Leadership Program is neither a traditional summer volunteering experience nor a traditional summer internship experience. We have designed the program to offer students a very unique experience that allows them to do meaningful work with an incredible organization while also partaking in a team-based group learning environment.

Applications Open for Summer 2024


Level: Graduate Students 
7 Weeks: 17 June 2024 to 02 August 2024

Madrid, or Lima

Full time (~40 hours per week)

Price: USD $4500 Including accommodation & transport in-country

program components



The program includes leadership training to develop students' responsible leadership skills and knowledge. You can expect sessions like: 

  • Emotional and cultural intelligence 

  • Strength-based teams 

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Adaptive Leadership

  • Intrapreneurship and Change agency

  • Impact Investing

  • Responsible Leadership

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Fundraising


Leadership development



We believe cross-cultural awareness and intelligence are an important part of the equation and thus dedicate a part of the program for students to immerse themselves deeply in the country of their choice and learn about its social and economic history. It is also a great time for networking and aids in team building. For this purpose, we offer activities like: 


  • Peru Context, Peruvian Affairs

  • Embodying diversity: Peruvian Dances

  • Food and Peruvian Society

South Africa

  • SA historical context: Apartheid 

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Zulu class


  • Spanish Context: Spain and the EU

  • Flamenco class

  • Spanish Lesson


Cultural Immersion



The more experiential, practical side of the program involves challenging the students to apply what they learned in the leadership and professional development Emzingo|U workshops, by supporting a real client: a local NGO or social enterprise. In teams, they will undertake a social impact consulting project that directly makes an impact in their client´s community. This includes:

  • Consulting 101 

  • Coaching Sessions 

  • Project Clinics & Project Time 


We believe in the Human Centered Approach for tackling the project and thus we also provide sessions like: 

  • Effective Presentation and storytelling 

  • Theory|U Methodology

  • Transformation Innovation and transition Design 

  • Research Design


Social Impact Project (60%)

sample projects

Emzingo|U has worked with over 50+ organisations globally over the last several years. We try to source projects with a large variety of organisations that are working to solve many of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Field Partners vary every year, but here are some of the ones we have worked with to serve as a reference.

Our team works closely with all of our field partners to determine exactly what they need and where our Emzingo|U Fellows can truly add the most value. Over the years our fellows have leveraged their education and work experience to help organizations with the following themes and challenges:​​




Operations Management






New product or service


*At the beginning of the program we present to students the field partners we will work with. Students are able to rank their top 3 . We do the best we can to allocate students to the field partner of their choice.

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Bean There

fair trade coffee

(south africa)

Organisation Description: Bean There is South Africa's first roaster of certified fair-trade coffee. Their goal is to make a sustainable difference in the lives of African coffee producers through direct fair-trade. 


The Project: Bean There wants to know if they are suitable for a B Corp certification as well as quantify the impact of doing direct business with small scale farmers. In addition to this, they welcome any suggestions to make their supply chain more efficient, that obviously fit within their social enterprise values.

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sustainable fashion


Organization Description: Deleitewear’s philosophy is based on the certainty that there are alternatives to fast fashion (Upcycling). They are a triple bottom line business whose main funding reason is not only the economic profit but an environmental and social benefit as well. 


The Project: Deleitewear's main objective is to build a Cooperative as a way of supporting women that used to work in textile workshops and local entrepreneurs, giving them the chance of having their own business without being discriminated. It will also help local entrepreneurs by having a workshop where they can continue to create products, grow as a company, and continue with their mission of educating customers to live a more conscious lifestyle.

other details


Tuition and financing: We partner with an extensive list of universities that cover the program tuitions. If a university doesn't cover students' tuition and the student in question still wants to be a part of the program, please email us at: The tuition includes:  - Housing: For this program, lodging is typically provided in either apartment rentals, university dorms, or longer stay lodges in safe and secure areas in Madrid, Johannesburg and Lima. To add to the immersive group leadership development experience, students live together in groups, either divided among multiple apartments, lodges, or dorm rooms. ​​- Airport Pick up and drop-off: All transport in-country, including to-from the airport is included in the program fee. Either Emzingo|U team will pick you up from the airport or we will arrange a van to pick up and drop off everyone traveling.  - Entry to any tourist activities that is part of the program   - All sessions, workshops, mentors, coaches and activities *flights, visas and personal expenses are not included in the tuition fee.

what we expect from students

We want students to learn all they need to become a responsible and inclusive leader, to further enrich their graduate experience with real clients and projects, to inspire their career in social impact and, ultimately, to have fun and make friends for life. For this, we need students to: - Show up on time and attend all Emzingo|U sessions - Engage in all group learning experiences and reflection - Participate in all cultural immersion and social impact sessions - Complete the team consulting project with a social enterprise or NGO and give your 110% to it. The client is counting on the allocated team to help them build and grow! - Be open-minded: seize new opportunities for growth and reflect on the overall experience or any discomfort you may feel along the way.  - Be courteous and kind: respect and engage with peers, field partners and speakers. This is a chance to grow personally and professionally! Have fun and be awesome!!!

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